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DegreeWorks - FAQ

DegreeWorks - FAQ

What is DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks is a web-based tool that will provide a clear and convenient method for you and your advisor to track degree progress, to prepare for registration, and to plan for graduation. DegreeWorks is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions.

Who has the ability to access DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is available to students and advisors.

Can I register for classes in DegreeWorks?

No, DegreeWorks is not used to register. Students will register via Mercy Connect. DegreeWorks shows courses in-progress, planned, and in academic history.

How is DegreeWorks Beneficial?
  • Displays students’ progress toward Degree Completion 
  • Keeps track of which courses were completed and which courses are still need
  • Shows which classes are currently being taken
  • Provides students with a “What If” audit to consider when thinking about changing majors
  • Allows students to plan ahead for what classes are needed in future semesters 
  • Presents students with their grades in completed classes  
  • Offers 3 different GPA calculators
What if I think my audit is incorrect?

If you think your audit is incorrect, you should meet with your advisor to review.

Is DegreeWorks an official transcript?

DegreeWorks is not an official transcript and should only be used as a tool. If you are looking for an official transcript please speak with your advisor on how to request one.

How long does DegreeWorks take to be updated?

DegreeWorks takes 24-48 hours to update. This will include changes to newly registered courses, change of major or minor, change of grades, or changes to transfer credits.

On DegreeWorks its shows my credits applied are more credits than the credits I have completed?

DegreeWorks counts the completed credits, as well as the credits that you are currently registered for (currently in-progress and future courses).

How can I see what courses will be applied to a different major, minor, or other plans?

You can use the “What if” tool, located on the right side of the Degree audit.

How do I determine my catalog year?

Your catalog year if the year you were admitted to Mercy College.

What does the “Not Applicable to Major” mean?

These are classes that were taken that do not fall towards your degree completion.

How often should I look at my degree audit?

You should review your degree audit at least 4 times a semester.

  • Before registering for classes for the upcoming semester
  • After registering for classes to make sure the classes are applied to the area you expected
  • After grades have been posted
  • Every time a change is made to your schedule
What should I do if I have a question about my requirements?

If you have any questions about your requirements in your degree audit, make an appointment with your advisor as soon as possible.

Will my degree audit clear me for graduation?

Your degree audit is a tool used towards degree completion, but is not an official certification of your degree. Once the requirements are checked off, the registrar will do an official review of your degree audit to make sure you completed all of the requirements.

What is the Plan in DegreeWorks?

The Plan is a great feature that allows students to map out the courses needed to graduate. It shows when students are on and off track.

What does the “Not Applicable to Major” at the bottom of my DegreeWorks mean?

The “Not Applicable to Major” are courses that are not applied to your classes needed. These may be duplicate courses if you have repeated any, courses that did not receive the necessary grade requirement, or courses that are not needed to your major.

What are “Free Electives”?

The “Free Electives” are classes students can take that are offered at Mercy College. All majors do not have a “Free Electives” area and some have more credits than others.